Will you be using a big moving truck on move-in day? You can park it on the street while you unload in the daytime, but no vehicles are allowed to be parked on Cranston streets at night without special permission from the police department. Call the department at 401.477.5000 before your move-in day to get permission to park your moving truck overnight if you need to. Note: You can also call this number in general if you have a guest or family member staying with you and your driveway doesn't have room for their car.Start your utilities service
Get in touch with a utilities provider to make sure your lights/heat are on the first day you arrive.Change your address
A few days before you move, you can use the US Postal Service change of address form to initiate mail forwarding. If you do it shortly before you leave, hopefully no mail will fall through the cracks. You'll have to update magazine/newspaper subscriptions yourself, though.
Cranston coordinates weekly trash pick up for all residents living in 1-4 family houses. To find out which day of the week they'll be stopping by your place, call 401.461.1000 extension 3175 with your new address on hand.
If you're headed to a DMV to do any of the car related stuff talked about above, you can register to vote while you're at the DMV. If you're not headed to the DMV anytime soon, go ahead and fill out this form and mail it to:
Cranston City Hall
869 Park Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910
If you want to become active in Cranston local politics, head here to see a list of upcoming City Council meetings and agendas.
Cranston City Hall is at:869 Park Avenue
You can head there between 8:30AM and 4:30PM on weekdays to ask questions, attend city council meetings, etc. You can also call them at 401.461.1000 to get connected to all sorts of city departments.
If you are moving to Cranston from within Rhode Island, you legally have ten days to let the DMV know of your address change. There's no need to schlep to the DMV itself - just mail this form to Division of Motor Vehicles Attn: Address Change, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston RI 02920. There's not even a fee!
You must move your license to RI within 30 days of moving to the state. To do so, you'll need to head to a physical DMV branch (there's no way to do it online) with your out-of-state license, as well as several other documents. You'll need:
You should probably just do this when you change your license over, as both processes require that you head to a physical DMV, and you need to bring along the same documents (proof of residency etc.) You should also bring your auto insurance papers because you'll need to give your policy number, and a few facts about your car such as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the number of cylinders the engine has.
Again, just pick up and fill out the relevant form when you're at the DMV; you'll have time to kill. It costs $36.50 to change your registration, and you can pay with cash or credit.
By the way, auto insurance is mandatory in RI. (Sorry New Hampshire-ites and Wisconsin-ites.)
They can, however, require you to pay a deposit + the first month's rent + the last month's rent in order to lock down the lease.Save signed and dated copies of everything you send to your landlord.
If you end up needing to go to court with them, heaven forbid, nothing you sent them will really count towards your case unless you can personally produce all the missives.The city will come inspect your house if your landlord isn't taking care of business.
If you notify your landlord of an issue in your home and they don't fix it in 20 days, call Cranston Code Enforcement at 401 780 6012 to schedule an inspection. Call between 9 and 10AM or between 3:30 and 4:30PM.You can make repairs yourself and deduct costs from your next rent payment.
If your landlord doesn't fix something in 20 days, instead of calling the inspector you can just take care of it yourself. Make sure you notify your landlord of what you're doing, save all the receipts, and don't spend more than $125 per fix.The state will weatherize your home for free.
A weatherized home means a greener environment and lower energy bills for you. If you meet these income requirements give the Comprehensive Community Action Program a call at 401.467.9610 to start the application process.You should really get Renters Insurance.
Your landlord's insurance will not cover any stuff (clothes, furniture) that you lose in the event of a fire, flood or burglary. Renters insurance in RI is dirt cheap (about $19/month) and will help you pay to replace these things without going broke/crazy. You should definitely get it.
National Grid provides electricity and gas service to people living in Cranston. Head to this online form to start service, or call 800.870.1664. Have your Cranston address and Social Security Number on hand!
To find internet, TV and phone plans in Cranston, use WhiteFence to research and compare all your options. Spoiler alert: Verizon and Cox are the most popular providers in Rhode Island.
If you live in certain census tracts in Cranston, you qualify for free/cheap internet regardless of your individual income situation. Head to this site and type in your Cranston address to check if you live in an eligible census tract. Admittedly, these internet options are pretty slow and they will limit the amount of surfing you can do, but it's still a sweet deal and for some reason no one knows about it.
Make sure you create a good system for tracking who owes who and making sure bills and roommates get paid. I work on Splitwise, a website/iPhone/Android app which does all the math and tracking for you. Please give it a try! If you hate it, you can always go back to using a spreadsheet.Split the rent fairly
If your bedrooms are of disparate quality (ie. one is much smaller than the rest), or if you are living with a couple, Splitwise also makes a tool called the SplitTheRent calculator to calculate a fair rent differential based on quality and size of rooms.Value used furniture
If you need to put a fair price on your old furniture, or are trying to sell your share of a group couch from your last roommates, give the Splitwise furniture calculator a try. It uses age and condition to estimate a depreciated value.
The Governor Sprague Mansion in Cranston is rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Amasa Sprague, who was beaten to death in 1843 by John Gordon, whom he had denied a liquor license.
The Pawtuxet River is about 12 miles long and empties into the Providence River.
Rhode Island is connected by the RIPTA bus network. You can get from Cranston to downtown Providence in about 25 minutes using the bus. RIPTA has partnered with Google Maps to create a helpful trip planner for finding schedules and buses.
It costs $2 to ride the bus, and you can buy monthly unlimited passes for $62/month. Order them online or buy them at the Kennedy Plaza bus hub in downtown Providence. You can use RIPTA buses to get to and from the airport, most beaches, and other key destinations across the state.
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For info on hospitals, urgent care centers, pet hospitals and crime rates in Cranston, see below the fold.Closest Hospital
Crime in Cranston is somewhat below the Rhode Island and Providence County averages.
If you are moving to Cranston with a dog, you must register your pet with the city. Send a letter with your name and Cranston address, proof of rabies vaccination, and $10 to:Cranston City Hall
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